Let’s continue our discussion on our Identity in Christ.
So, What does it mean to “remain” in Jesus? I think it means that as Christ is, as Christ acts, as Christ loves … so must WE because we are connected to the VINE…connected to our Lord Jesus Christ who gives us our identity!
Let’s apply that identity.
In 1 Cor. 2:16: Paul tells us, “…we have the MIND of Christ.”
What does that mean? Why does that make a difference? Our mind controls who we are. What we think controls how we act. We have the mind of Christ because we are connected to the vine. Jesus says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your (what?) MIND!” Why does Jesus tell us this in Matthew?
MacArthur says that, “As Christians…God instructs us. We are able to understand all things of His word because we have the MIND of Christ.” Obviously, we can’t know and understand everything – we’re humans! We need human teachers and need to study the Word.
But…this illumination of our mind like Christ’s that Paul speaks of DOES mean that “Scripture can be understood by every Christian who is diligent and obedient.” We remember in Luke 24, Jesus’ revelation to the disciples on the road to Emmaus: Verse 45: “Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”
Wherever our mind is, that is who we are in Him!! Paul says in 1 Corinthians that as spiritual believers, having the mind of Christ,” we are allowed, by reading the Word and by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to know the thoughts of our Lord.” Amazing!
What is the result of remaining in Christ Jesus? Listen to Paul’s instructions in Philippians 4:5 to those of us who have the MIND and thoughts of Christ telling us HOW to LIVE in that mind of Christ, How to let HIS light fill our beings:
Paul says “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is Near! Do not be anxious about anything, In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Oh, thank you, thank you Jesus for Paul’s blessing and that promise to us.
He continues “And (THEN) the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your MINDS in Christ Jesus. The Peace of our God will rule our hearts and minds. He will guard our minds with His inner peace.
The peace of God is for me and for you! May you enjoy this blessing,